Want to be a real-life superhero? How STEM can help

Helping people feels great, doesn’t it? No one in the world would deny that – well, unless they’re some kind of evil mischief-maker who enjoys strategically placing Lego for people to unexpectedly stand on (ouch!).

There’s a reason kindness makes us feel good, and that reason is science. Seeing our own actions directly impact another person not only reaps psychological benefits, but it releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins that can help our heart, brain and prevent serious diseases. That fuzzy feeling you get when someone deeply thanks you for going out of your way for them? That’s endorphins.

If that fuzzy feeling is one you can’t get enough of, you may already be thinking about a career in the health service. If that’s the case, STEM subjects are definitely your friend. Taking GCSEs or A Levels in science, technology, maths and engineering can make a huge difference if you do wish to pursue a career in the health service, and here are just a few of the feelgood jobs they can prepare you for:

Registered mental health nurse

Did you know, one in four people experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year?

It may surprise you to know that a lot of those people are children and young adults – which means there’s likely to be someone in your classroom suffering from problems like depression, anxiety and OCD. Not only can these make the lives of those with the conditions miserable, they can lead to serious issues such as suicide and self-harm.

Nurses, psychologists and psychotherapists are all roles that need to understand the way the brain works, the best drug treatments and how to study patient’s behaviour. Check out the careers you could land, and qualifications needed for them, over at Sanctuary Health.

Biomedical scientist

An incredibly varied job that could see you testing samples from overdose patients one day and screening for cancer the next.

Without biomedical scientists, the health service as we know it would be unable to function. Maths (and science, obviously) are vital for this kind of career path, as you’d be doing everything from blood transfusions to diagnosing HIV. Head over to the Institute of Biomedical Science for more info on this awesome career.

Learning disability nurse

While pretty much all healthcare jobs need you to be sensitive with people, learning disability nurses need a lot of patience. Although it’s stressful, the job is also extremely rewarding: teaching people with learning difficulties the skills to find work and improving both their physical and mental health. Again, STEM subjects make a massive difference in this kind of role – especially science – and let’s be honest, what could be more satisfying than a career making someone’s life better? Head over to NHS Careers to find out more about learning disability nursing.

So the choice is clear, if you want to be a real-life superhero and help others, study STEM!


This post was written by Becky Baines at White Horse Digital